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C.J. Anderson says he stayed trim this offseason to cement Broncos' starting role

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Denver Broncos' offseason of major changes will benefit one player on the AFC West team's roster more than most.

C.J. Anderson is the man that will benefit from the arrival of Gary Kubiak, who has taken over the head coaching role at the Broncos.

The former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator brings a new football philosophy to Denver, which is remarkably different to the pass-heavy approach that quarterback Peyton Manning revelled in under John Fox.

More opportunities

Manning will have to concede even more work to his running back in 2015, something that might actually help the ageing quarterback play the whole season at a high level.

More opportunities for C.J. Anderson will ensure that his breakout campaign in 2014 was no fluke. Anderson was a revelation last season, with the undrafted 24-year-old rushing for 849 yards in his second year in the NFL. The speedy back scored eight touchdowns and had an average of 4.7 yards a carry.

Big change

Ahead of the upcoming season, C.J. Anderson admits he's excited about being the feature back from the word go and says he will do everything he can to prove people right for having faith in him.

"I am taking this to the next level," Anderson said, according to the Denver Post. "Everybody — fans, media, coaches — has this huge expectation of me. And I have huge expectations of myself. My motto this year is: 'Prove everybody right.'"

Anderson has been accused in the past of being overweight headed into a season, with reports revealing that the tailback was 243 pounds this time last year.

However, he shed the pounds throughout last season and checked in at 221lb on Monday, which pretty much dumbfounds those derogatory "chubby" comments from ex-Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Kubiak excited

Furthermore, Kubiak himself thinks that Anderson is due for another big season, and he has urged the 24-year-old to carry himself as the starter.

"C.J. showed flashes of doing that," Kubiak said recently. "He did a heck of a job at the end of the year, and he sees himself as a starter. I think he and Ronnie and all of them as a group know they're going to get a fair opportunity."

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